Allchin traction engine t shirt by Raymond Ore



William Allchin founded an engineering business at the ‘Globe Works’ by the River Nene in Northampton in 1847. By 1890 when the founder died, the firm was well known for the manufacturer of steam engines and saw benches. The firm built its first steam engine in 1872.

The firm became William Allchin (& sons) Ltd in 1900 when the firm became a limited company and they then specialised in steam wagons and traction engine manufacture. They stopped building steam engines by 1925. Having only built about 220 over the past 50 years. 

By 1930 the firm had closed down, but William’s son Frank set up on his own account at St James’ Foundry, Weston Street, Northampton, as Allchin, Linnell & Co in the 1880s. This firm produced a wider range: there were some steam engines, but as important were engineering fittings, machine tools, and steam roundabouts and other fairground rides.

The traction engine’s enduring popularity is evident in the incredible array of replica models of Allchin’s traction engines being built by enthusiasts, to this day.

Can’t afford £114,000 for the real thing? Our Allchin Traction Engine t-shirt is a snip at £25.


The shirts:

These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with cool-max-image-e1485361440757.png fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.

The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.

The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.

These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.

These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.

The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.

The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.

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